La Vergne Rosow

Accessing the Classics is an annotated bibliography of great reads to help adults, teens, and English language learners discover the joy of reading authentic literature. Teaching ideas support reader advisors at all levels.

In Forsaken Hands: How Theory Empowers Literacy Learners is a series of case studies that show how new readers can support their own learning when given the secrets known to educators. This knowledge can have a profound influence on both literacy and lifestyles.

Rosow mantra

You learn to write by what you read, so what you read matters very much.

Doc Rosow

Authentic Text Rule of Thumb
When in doubt, use something else.
If it doesn't look authentic, find another book.

Authentic Texts

Authentic texts support the development of fine writing skills, essential vocabulary, and higher levels of grammar.

Dr. Rosow employs authentic literature as she teaches adults, teens and children to read and write.

The books discussed in In Forsaken Hands and Light 'n Lively Reads promote the use of authentic literature. The books and stories are the real words of fine writers who wrote for the pleasure of their audiences.

They are not manipulated texts.
They have not been simplified.
They have not had words changed for low level readers.
They have not had sections removed for slow readers.
They have not been abridged.
They have not been bent, folded, shortened, modified, or mutilated.

If there were pictures accompanying the original text, they still do.

The books used to support new readers must be real text written for real readers. That's what is shown here.

a Caveat

Archaic language found in very old classics, such as Canterbury Tales, would not be appropriate for use with very new readers. Sometimes such stories are so good, modern writers do retell them for modern audiences.

Classics first told in other languages may be translated into modern English or retold for popular audiences by popular authors. Aesop's fables are an example.

These exceptions to the abovementioned authentic literature description may still provide interesting reads for developing readers.

Light 'n Lively Reads for ESL, Adult, and Teen Readers: A Thematic Bibliography is a collection great book titles sorted according to themes that appeal to adult and teen readers. Each them begins with picture books and progresses to thin books and then challenging reads. There are teaching ideas at the end of each thematic unit. (published by Libraries Unlimited)

Dr. La Vergne with authentic literature in Thailand.

My Works

Mantra - repeat daily before brushing teeth.

Reading makes you smarter.
(So what you read matters very much.)

Writing helps you think.
(It helps you clarify your thoughts.
It is like having a conversation with yourself and
it helps you put ideas in order.)

Doc Rosow

Accessing the Classics: Great Reads for Adults, Teens, and English language Learners
These annotations include teaching ideas for traditional classroom teachers, adult education leaders, tutors, homeschoolers, librarians, and other reader advisors. Icons announce illustrations, big print, and comprehension support.

Icons suggest the readability of each book:

--1st (start here--big print and/or clear pictures),

--Next Read (slightly more difficult with fewer pictures or smaller print),

--Support Here (support means context clues, audio books, videos, or other books in the collection build background knowledge), and

--Challenging (the brick wall book icon represents text best read to the adult or teen).

Do you want to establish a classics library collection? Start here.

"I know about that pain.
I'm in the seventh reading group.
There's a special room for the seventh reading group.
They watch us go in there and they laugh at us.
They all know I'm stupid."

Chapter 4, In Forsaken Hands

In Forsaken Hands:
How Theory Empowers Literacy Learners

In Forsaken Hands is designed for the teacher, tutor, parent, or spouse of someone who does not read or write well.

The literacy coach may read these gripping stories to the adult or teen learner. Each case provides clues into how reading develops and what the older learner can do to get past experiences that have thwarted them.

Each chapter is designed to lead the reader into an understanding of how literacy develops and what the terms are that are used by professionals in the fields of reading and literacy.

Each chapter is story about an adult, teen or child the author has taught. Details of the lessons help the reader understand the process.

This book is not a utopia. Adults who have grown up non-readers in a literate society have many problems they have had to combat through compensation. Even the very young acquire these skills, skills that do not help them learn to read.

In Forsaken Hands will give the reader both tools for supporting literacy development and understanding of why it has not happened.

Two factors appeared 100% of the time
in the early childhood profile of the
adult non-reader:

1. No memory of being read to for pleasure either during the pre-school years or during the early elementary school years.

2. A history of child abuse, either profound neglect or physical violence or both during the time the child should have been leaning to read.

You'll find more about this in In Forsaken Hands.

In Forsaken Hands: How Theory Empowers Literacy Learners
Each case study detials the methods used to teach reading and writing. The theoretical justification is presented in plain English, the same English that was used to engage the learners in their own learning.

The process of placing the power of theory into the hands of the learner is demonstrated here.

The concept of the Disempowering Significant Other (DSO) will help the tutor or reading teacher comprehend negative influences that may foil even the best of methods.

Readers may expect to acquire the theoretical terms and concepts related to reading while they are reading about these very interesting adults.

Light 'n Lively Reads for ESL, Adult, and Teen Readers
A Thematic Bibliography

The thematically listed titles progress from picture books to challenging within each section.

The annotations include anecdotal information and tips for use.

The book also has a collection of teaching methods appropriate for reading and ESL.

Other Literacy and Language Publications

Early reports of literacy and language research are published in journals years, sometimes decades, before they show up in books. My research and teaching methods have been published in many of the leading education and reading journals including:

Phi Delta Kappan
Early stories of the child Arthur and the man Harry appeared in this journal. It was in the Arthur story that the concept and term of the Disempowering Significant Other (DSO) was first seen.

Educational Leadership
The story of the very young pre-literate mother of six and her child who could not read appeared here. The spelling lesson reveals a dichotomy between how children of literate families learn phonics in context and the phonics practices imposed in isolation on the poor.

The Journal of Reading
My research first telling of the early childhood profile of the adult non-reader (mentioned above) was published here.

The Reading Teacher
A short edition of Irma of the ghetto was here. Irma was given library books to take home to a chaotic situation where they were lost. As a result, she spent a year in school without books.

About case study participants

Although the people who participate in my research do so willingly and usually see my work in progress, I do not use their actual names in published papers.

Any case study participant names that appear here or in my books and articles are made up.


Selected Works

Classical Literature, Reference, Teen, Adult, and ESL Readers, Literacy, Annotated Bibliography and Teaching Ideas
Easy to Challenging titles will help those who want to discover or rediscover the books English readers have always loved.
Non-Fiction; literacy case studies; adult and family literacy
Theory-to-practice connections for pre-literate and low literate adults and children.
Reference and guide for teaching reluctant readers, new readers, and English language learners
This is a collection of great book titles sorted according to themes that appeal to adult and teen readers. Themes progress from picturebooks to challenging texts.